Tuesday, May 15, 2018

We've Added the MCGG Open House at Mount Clemens Public Library for June

Our Genealogy Elements Tree from the Gene Room bulletin
board replicated itself to make a seminar appearance today.
Guess What? On Friday, June 1, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. the Macomb County Genealogy Group (MCGG) will hold a Genealogy Open House in the Local History and Genealogy Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library. (Yes, we decided to reschedule our Open House that got cancelled due to the burst pipe back in January.)

Come learn about this great collection. Take a tour upstairs and down. Watch demonstrations on how to use the scanning equipment. Learn tips for using the local database computer.

Get help with your research and socialize with other family historians/genealogists too. If you have a laptop feel free to bring it to use the library's in-house resources and pick up some tips and tricks.

MCGG members and anyone who is curious about researching their family tree are welcome to attend.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Mother's Day Sales on Genealogy-Related Items like Memberships, Books, DNA

Mother's Day is just around the corner. Hint, hint it is this Sunday, May 13, 2018. If your Mom, or you yourself regardless of your gender, are interested in genealogy there are a bunch of sales out there to save on your favorite hobby!

Until May 13th at 11:59 p.m., save 30% on a gift membership to Ancestry.com website. A gift membership is a one-time, non-renewing membership. At the time of purchase you can choose the start date of the gift membership as any date between the date of purchase and August 31.

U.S. Discovery (Access All U.S. Records)
6 months regularly $99, sale price $69
12 months regularly $189, sale price $129

World Explorer (Access U.S. and International Records)
6 months regularly $149, sale price $99
12 months regularly $299, sale price $209

We missed announcing the Mother's Day Sale on AncestryDNA but remember, Father's Day is just a month away.

FamilyTree DNA
At Family Tree DNA the Mother's Day sale runs until May 14, 2018. Shipping and taxes are extra which vary depending on where the test is shipped. From a while back the shipping cost to Michigan was about $12.95 for one kit which covers the receiving and sending the test. On sale for Mother's Day are:

FamilyFinder (autosomal for male or female) regular price $79 ... now $59
FamilyFinder and mtFull Sequence bundle (for one male or female) regular price $278 ... now $199 
mtFull Sequence (for one male or female) regular price $199 ... now $149
Big Y-500 bundle of the Y-111 + Big Y tests (for one male) regular price $799 ... now $649

Family Tree DNA autosomal DNA test (Family Finder) provides an ethnicity (admixture) report, list of DNA matches, chromosome browser and allows DNA matches to contact a match directly if that match allows it. Once tested, DNA samples are stored so that additional test types (upgrades) can be added if desired. Family Tree DNA is the only genealogy DNA testing company that offers all three DNA test types: autosomal, Y-DNA and mtDNA. No subscription is needed to see/use all the DNA matching features.

Family Tree DNA also offers autosomal DNA transfers. So if you have already tested at another genealogy DNA testing company you can upload your RAW DNA data to get your test into another "pool" of potential DNA matches. The transfer is initially free which lets you see all your matches and use the FamilyFinder-Matrix to compare up to 10 matches. To access additional FamilyFinder tools the cost is just $19 to unlock them.

Family Tree DNA currently accepts autosomal transfers from:
  • Ancestry DNA (V1 and V2 chips)
  • 23andME (V3 and V4 chips) but not its V5 chip in use since Aug. 2017
  • MyHeritageDNA (Transfers from kits tested directly at MyHeritage are completely free with no unlock fee.) 
One thing to note is that transfers of tests on the AncestryDNA V2 chip and the 23andMe V4 chip receive all but the most speculative matches (6th cousin to remote cousins) because these chips are not fully compatible.

For this year's Mother's Day, 23andMe has put its tests on sale for 20 percent off plus free gift wrapping until Sunday, May 13th.

The Ancestry Service (autosomal DNA test) regularly $99 is now $79.20. The Health+Ancestry Service regularly $199 is now $159.20. Taxes and Shipping are extra.

Or there is the Family Offer of buy 2 Kits at regular price and Get 1 Kit Free. Customers can mix and match kits. One free kit per order, additional tests are 20 percent off. See specific offer details at the 23andMe website.

23andMe Ancestry Service (autosomal DNA) provides an ethnicity (admixture) report, list of DNA matches, chromosome browser and an internal member messaging system. 23andMe also provides a general look at your Y-DNA haplogroup (if male) and mtDNA haplogroup. No subscription is needed to see/use all the DNA matching features. See the 23andMe website to learn more about the Health service option.

23andMe also sells its test kits on Amazon.com and at sale prices when they are having a sale. (Make sure the seller shown is 23andMe fulfilled by Amazon and not a third-party.) Non-Amazon Prime members get free shipping due to the total cost and because it is fulfilled by Amazon; prime members just get quicker 2-day shipping for free.

MyHeritage has also put its autosomal DNA test on sale too. MyHeritageDNA (autosomal) tests regularly $99 each are on sale for $59 each until May 14, 2018. Shipping and taxes are extra.

MyHeritageDNA is one of the newer players in the DNA and genealogy testing niche. Its customer base is more international. As of earlier this year, the company has added a chromosome browser feature and has made its internal member messaging feature free. It also offers an ethnicity/admixture report and a list of DNA matches. No data subscription is needed to see/use all the DNA matching features.

MyHeritageDNA is still offering free DNA transfers so if you already tested at another DNA testing company you can download your RAW DNA data from that site and upload it to MyHeritage. MyHeritageDNA accepts raw DNA data from Family Tree DNA, AncestryDNA (V1 and V2 version chips), and 23andMe (V2, V3 and V4 chips.)

MyHeritageDNA can also be found on Amazon.com sold and shipped by Amazon. But at this time the current price (as of today) is similar to the regular price and not the sale price. Non-AmazonPrime members get free shipping due to the total cost and because it is fulfilled by Amazon; prime members just get quicker 2-day shipping for free. So for this sale it is cheaper to buy it directly from MyHeritage.

LivingDNA is a newer genealogy testing company based in the United Kingdom. It is also an autosomal DNA test that males and females can take. The regular price of the LivingDNA test is $159 but is on sale for $99.99. Taxes and Shipping are extra. According to the website, shipping takes 7-10 working days to get to the USA, longer during the holiday season, and is about $9.95. [Note: an MCGG member recently ordered a LivingDNA test kit during a previous sale and it was sent from Kentucky.]

LivingDNA (autosomal DNA) offers an ethnicity estimate (80 world regions including 21 in Britain and Ireland); a general look at your Y-DNA haplogroup (if male) and mtDNA haplogroup; and a view of your ancestry in the context of history and the migration of them. LivingDNA results are updated for free as the system and technology are updated. Later this year it is expected that Family Matches (seeing your DNA matches among those who have tested) will be released.

If you have a lot of English and Irish ancestry the more detailed regions for Britain and Ireland in the ethnicity may be of interest to you. The company is still building itself so at a sale price it may be worth a try perhaps you will find a clue to direct your search.

Where to Test?
Testing in as many "ponds" as possible is the advice genetic genealogists often give because you never know where someone has tested. Sale times and DNA data transfers are ways to make it easier to fish in multiple ponds to find your DNA matches.

Other Sales
Family Tree Magazine is having a sale on genealogy books.  There are also genealogy e-books on sale at the Amazon.com website. Find these under Kindle e-books>Reference>Genealogy and then sort matches Low to High. You can learn about which books at the GenealogyBargains.com website and at the website learn of additional sales on genealogy-related items like electronic devices, including one-day only sales.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Wednesday is Our Annual Pot-Luck and Silent Auction -- Bring a Dish to Share, the Event Starts at 5 p.m., Dinner at 6 p.m.

A reminder to all MCGG Friday Group and MCGG Let's Talk...Genealogy members that Wednesday, May 9, is our Annual Pot-luck and Silent Auction combined meeting. Bidding starts at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m. Bring a dish (homemade or store bought) to share and some money if you plan to place a bid.

The silent auction is primarily of genealogical materials with some history items.

Remember, to let Ann know if you are attending so we have an idea of how many tables/seats we will need. Reply to her recent email or use the Macomb email on our contact page. Of course, if you find you can attend at the last minute, don't worry we always have a few extra seats.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

MCPL Used Book Sale in Need of Office/Paper Case Boxes with Lids

Boxes with Lids are vital to the organization
of the MCPL Used Book Sale.
ATTENTION, ATTENTION:  We are in need of good/decent condition office/paper case boxes with lids so we can store the donated books after we sort them on the shelves. 

It does not matter what brand box ... any office/paper case box with a lid will work. We have less shelf space so these boxes are vital to our organization process. They also come in handy for the book sale itself.

Donated boxes can be dropped off at the Information Desk of the Mount Clemens Public Library with a note that the boxes are for the used book sale. 

We thank you for your support. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

"Theme" Your Research Today and Tomorrow

Research Themes for Today and Tomorrow.
For our October Family History Month posts we highlight daily or weekly research themes based on national or international days of honor. Today and tomorrow offer researchers some themes to try for a change of pace.

May 4th
"May the Fourth Be With You." Today is Star Wars Day with theme events being held world-wide and television/cable stations airing the different episodes back to back all day long. What has Star Wars to do with your research? Spend today (while watching Star Wars of course) searching your rebels, heroes, and military/militia ancestors.

If that does not inspire you, it is also National Bird Day; Rhode Island Independence Day (research your Rhode Island ancestors); National Orange Candied Peel Day and National Orange Juice Day (research your bakers and ancestors/relatives with Florida connections); as well as National Weather Observers Day so research those ancestors who helped report the weather. The first Friday of May is also School Lunch Hero Day (research your school related ancestors); Tuba Day (research your musician ancestors); as well as International Space Day.

May 5th
"Revenge of the Fifth." Star Wars Day has expanded with a day themed on "Revenge of the Sith" celebrating the Sith Lords and other villainous characters from the movie series. Spend today searching your black sheep, convict, and military/militia ancestors.

Cinco de Mayo. Commemorating the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over Napoleon III's French forces at the Battle of Peubla in 1862. Spend today researching your Mexican ancestors or relations. A margarita with or without alcohol is optional

The Kentucky Derby. Tomorrow also happens to be the 144th annual running of the Kentucky Derby. Though the race lasts just minutes, spend today searching your Kentucky ancestors or those who worked with horses. A mint julep with or without alcohol is optional.

If none of those inspire you the first Saturday of the May is also: Free Comic Book Day so take your grandchildren and find a participating store to make some memories; National Scrapbooking Day so gather your grandchildren and record some memories; Beer Pong Day (research your brewer ancestors); International Midwives Day (research your midwife ancestors); National Herb Day; as well as National Hoagie Day and National Chocolate Custard Day.

Regardless of what you research, have FUN!

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Season 10 of Who Do You Think You Are? Begins Monday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET

We just learned that the next season — Season 10 of Who Do You Think You Are? will begin on Monday, May 21, at 9 p.m. ET on the cable television channel, The Learning Channel aka TLC.

Celebrity guests announced for this season's six episodes are: Hillary Duff, Jean Smart, John Cryer, Laverne Cox, Megan Mullally, and Molly Shannon.

Everyone has different television delivery/provider systems. Use your television provider's schedule system to find the TLC channel number on your provider system and to learn when the show will be re-aired again.

Also, the episodes are usually available on the TLC website page sometime after they have aired. So if you don't have TLC you should be able to watch the show on your computer over the internet. You can keep up with the show in its Facebook page even if you are not on FaceBook.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!LE

Friday, April 27, 2018

Lapeer County Genealogical Society hosts 6th Annual Cemetery Workshop at Lum Cemetery on Sat., May 19, 9 am - 5 pm

The Lapeer County Genealogical Society is still without a website so as a courtesy MCGG would like to let you know that LCGS in conjunction with Mark Morton of Gravestone Guardians of Ohio will host its 6th Annual Cemetery Preservation Workshop on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Lum Cemetery in Arcadia Township, Michigan.

Lum Cemetery, also known as Arcadia Township Cemetery as well as DeGroat Cemetery, is located on Lum Road/County Road 7 just west of the village of Lum.

This all-day (9 a.m. - 5 p.m., weather permitting) workshop is full of educational instruction with hands on training. Some of the topics to be covered include: headstone cleaning without harming the stone; re-setting a stone which as broken off and fallen over; re-positioning one that is dangerously leaning or in a sunken condition; re-leveling a stone and reconstructing a broken headstone. Probing for a headstone is on the list too.

Mr. Morton has hosted previous cemetery workshops with LCGS.

The cost of the all day workshop is just $40 if registered before May 5, 2018. After that date, the fee is $45.00. Reservations are required and the fee is non-refundable. Whether you are a municipality struggling with your local cemetery or an individual that has the desire to learn this art, you will not want to miss this class.

For the registration form and LCGS contact information see the workshop flyer pdf available here.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!